Cooking venison can be intimidating. It’s not an ingredient you see lots of recipes for, like beef.
It has a unique taste and a tendency to dry out quickly.
However, using a slow cooker can overcome many obstacles that make venison challenging to cook.
I’ve curated a list of six recipes that I’ve made and found both enjoyable and easy to make
A venison pot roast is a hearty dish richer than most other pot roasts. This is probably the easiest venison dish you can make in your slow cooker.
Like many slow cooker dishes, you must brown the meat before setting everything in the slow cooker.
Once you brown the meat, you place it in the slow cooker along with the stock, veg, and spices.
Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 8 hours.
After the 8 hours is up, the meat is exceptionally tender. You will need to thicken the sauce, but you can easily do this with two tablespoons of cornstarch over medium heat.
Who doesn’t love venison chili? How about super easy-to-make chili?
I love chili as much as the next person.
I’ve made so many variations of chili, but I keep coming back to slow-cooker venison chili.
Like slow cooker venison roast, you need to brown the meat first, but afterward, it’s everything into the slow cooker, and the rest of the day is yours.
Come back and plate; no extra steps are needed.
Like chili, I’ve tried many ways of making venison meatballs, and the slow cooker is one of my preferred methods.
It is easy, keeps the meatballs moist, and does a better job than the oven.
The meatballs take a bit more effort to make than the roast or chili but not difficult.
Once you shape the meatballs, brown them in the pan and place them in the slow cooker with the marinara sauce.
Venison stew is a rich dish that appears to be complex, but the reality is that you can do this in your slow cooker with minimal effort.
Making venison stew in your slow cooker is similar to the pot roast above.
In fact, it’s even easier as there is no thickening or removing meat from the bone in the end.
You simply brown the meat and toss everything into the slow cooker. Who knew that making such a rich venison stew was so easy?
Venison vegetable soup
People rarely think of making soup in slow cookers, but it is one of the best ways to make soup.
Again, simplicity is one of the main reasons for making venison soup in a slow cooker, but the flavor is another huge benefit.
Starting your soup in the morning by simply tossing a few ingredients in a pot and going about your day is fantastic.
Have you ever had soup two days in a row and found it to be better on the second day? This is because soup takes time to marry flavors.
Now imagine how good a slow-cooked soup tastes after blending flavors for five hours.
I was hesitant to put this one on the list, but in the end, I just had to.
I want to start by saying there is not much meat on venison ribs. There is also a little bit of work to prep the ribs.
However, if you have the ribs and they are prepped, then cooking them in the slow cooker is very easy.
In fact, I prefer this method over grilling because of how easy it is.
As I stated, there is little meat on venison ribs, so starting the grill for them may not be worth the effort.
I toss them in the slow cooker with the other ingredients, no effort required, and I get a tasty meal, win-win.